The New York Times does its part to ensure John McCain's election.
You know, I have *no idea* whether or not that was the intent.
By Moe Lane Posted in 2008 | Barack Obama is like Jesus but cooler | Obamafiles | The New York Times — Comments (146) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
We're in Here Be Dragons territory now, folks, and it isn't even July yet. Via Hot Air Headlines, take a gander:
Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.
“Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads.
With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name.
Because - as all men know - nothing says "normal, mainstream behavior" like "symbolically taking on the middle name of your guru."
It is a subtly terrifying measure of the impact that this piece had on me that I finished reading it possessed of the vague urge to go find one of the people mentioned, and give him or her an atomic wedgie. And me a card-carrying, roleplaying-game playing, SCA event-attending, 100% certified, Grade A geek, too. This is just so... sad. You can kind of tell that its author Jodi Kantor feels the same way, even if she has the mother-wit not to tell her editor that - and, heck, the editor passed it, so maybe he or she thought that it was sad, too.
Or maybe they really are trying to give McCain a little help, here. This paragraph stands out:
Ms. Miller and her fellow new Husseins are embracing the traditionally Muslim name even as the Obama campaign shies away from Muslim associations. Campaign volunteers ushered two women in head scarves out of a camera’s range at a rally this month in Detroit. (The campaign has apologized.) Aides canceled a December appearance on behalf of Mr. Obama by Representative Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat and the first Muslim congressman.
...not to mention that the Times took the time to paint this movement in an unflattering ("Legally changing names is too much hassle, participants say,") or dismissive ("The movement is hardly a mass one, and it has taken place mostly online, the digital equivalent of wearing a button with a clever, attention-getting message.") way. I especially enjoyed how the quotes were exclusively from "Husseins" living in states that the Obama actually lost: it's the little touches that make or break a hit piece, and reinforcing the failure there was a nice touch.
But perhaps I'm being unfair: maybe there's something to all of this. Maybe it's not just people being so desperate for an overarching meaning to their lives that they're willing to symbolically impose another person's identity on their own. Yeah, I should be fair about it. Heck, how will I know whether it's really all that bad, unless I try something similar? Yeah, I should give it a shot.
So here goes:
Moe Sidney Lane.
Good God, but that's pathetic.
PS: Don't forget: August 4th is Obamaname Day!